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Still to be Lego built.

[River Side]


[Carpark Side]



Wish list for when I have time:

Pictures of LJ Hooker & BCU Buildings. Spar and Mackellys

Pictures of Birds cage Lego Building.

Change colour of Maclean Hotel to current colour.

New pictures of all building without cars in front of them.

New pictures of Lego buildings with white or sky backgrounds.

Power poles with tartan look.

Smooth 2 x 1 tiles on footpaths.


We welcome you to Maclean, NSW part of the spectacular Clarence Coast.

One of the most frequently asked questions by visitors to the area is about the origin of the town’s name. So here’s our story.

Maclean was named after the surveyor-general of New South Wales Alexander Grant MacLean. He visited the Clarence in 1862 with the Grafton Commissioner for Lands, Mr W.A.B. Greaves who was then ordered to layout the towns of Maclean and neighbouring Iluka on areas previously reserved as town sites.

In June 1862 Greaves named the town ‘Maclean’ (after his supervisor).

The town had been known as Rocky Mouth and was generally still called this until 1885 when the post office changed the name to Maclean. However, it was locally referred to as Rocky Mouth for long after this time.

Maclean has functioned as a service centre for surrounding towns, villages and rural areas for as long as anyone can remember. Many of the town’s original commercial and civic buildings remain intact, their character and old world charm now admired by thousands of visitors each year.

The Clarence River has a special place in the town’s development. In the early days all supplies in and out of the district were transported by water. The ships and riverboats docked at the various wharves scattered along the riverbank near where McLachlan Park is today. Back then the river was the life-blood of the township and it remains an important part of life for local residents today.

The Clarence is one of Australia’s great waterways with a total length of 380 kilometres. You can enjoy views of the river from the town centre, in particular from the viewing area in McLachlan Park.


The Heritage Trail offers you a snapshot of the history and heritage of our town, some of it’s characters and fabulous architecture. The Trail is contained within the compact town centre area. So park your car (Maclean offers on street and off street parking) and wander through this historic river town at your own pace. While you’re here why not stop off at a café and soak up the atmosphere, or perhaps indulge yourself and stay at a historic B&B?

In the shop fronts of participating businesses you will find the heritage trail display panels. The panels will tell you a short story about that particular building or business. The panels are easy to find and read. Businesses hosting the display panels are marked on the adjacent map with a number, the same number appears on the corresponding display panel.

Enjoy your walking tour of historic Maclean.

The walk starts in the centre of town, through the Palace Arcade and turn right.

1 On the Bite

The building on this site was commissioned in 1932 by the local chemist, Mr Norm Kibble. After 56 years in the business the Kibbles retired. Mr Kibble was one of the longest serving businessmen in Maclean. On their retirement they remembered the town with great nostalgia, particularly the pre-war days when on Friday nights the streets were filled with the sound of the local pipe band matched by the town’s own brass band. Close your eyes and it’s not hard to imagine what that would have been like.

2 Mackelly’s

Mackelly’s has operated continuously as a drapery and clothing store in Maclean since 1925 but was originally located further up the street next to Blairs.

3 Professionals Real Estate

This is the site of one of the town’s original bakeries – the ‘Rocky Mouth Bakery’. This building was reported in the Clarence & Richmond Examiner in January 1910 as being a "splendid acquisition to the business portion of the town".

4 Woolitji House

This building is an excellent example of late Victorian construction and detailing. Built in 1882 at a cost of 1,930 pounds, 18 shillings and 9 pence.

Woolitji House is a significant landmark. It is owned by the Woolitji Co-operative and will be developed for Aboriginal community enterprises. The name ‘Woolitji’ is a Yaegl word meaning "cut cedar".

5 To Di For on the River

This building was originally occupied by Mrs Munro, she operated a ‘Coffee Palace’ (then a fashionable term for boarding house) at this location. Being located adjacent to the wharves servicing riverboat traffic it was one of the busiest parts of town.

6 Hamilton Simmons

This building was constructed in 1906. Maclean’s first lady chemist, Miss Lynda Clark opened a business on this site in November 1924.

Cross River Street and walk through McLachlan Park

7 Five Star Supermarket

This waterfront location has been the site of a Grocery Store as early as 1883 when it was opened by John McLachlan. It is considered to be the longest continually running Grocery Store in Australia.

In 1898 then owner E. Bishop introduced the first cash register to the town creating much excitement and interest.

8 Spirit of Bali/ Highlights Hairdresser

This was home to a long standing garage and cycle shop operated by Ernie Collins.

Mr Collins ran the business from 1922 for 50 years. In 1926 the town’s first petrol bowser was installed on the kerbside in front of this shop.

9 Cornflower Cottage

Originally the site of a hardware and furniture business built by Dugald Macdonald in 1889. This remained a Macdonald family business until the death of Dugald’s only child Lachlan in 1942.

10 Strand Gallery

This is the original site of the stables that were attached to the adjacent Maclean Hotel. Set in the wall of the Strand Arcade is an original brick from the foundations of the Stables dated approximately 1910.

11 Conroy & Stewart

The back section of the building was constructed in 1878 by Alexander Cameron for the Australian Joint Stock Banking Co and is one of the oldest structures still in existence. In 1893 additions were made so that the building faced River Street. A legal practice has operated from this site since 1944.

Turn right into MacNaughton Place from River Street.

12 Maclean Post Office

The first post office in Maclean opened in 1862. It moved in 1875 before this purpose built structure opened for business in 1893.

The post office is one of three civic buildings including the Police Station and the Court House all constructed in the late 1890’s. This significant group of buildings reflects the importance of government in the early settlement of the town.

13 Maclean Police Station

The Police Station was built in 1895-96. Fronting MacNaughton Place the building uses similar material to the Post Office with the detail defined in contrasting brickwork.

The main window displays the same half round arch style and it has a bulls eye vent above picked out in brick surrounded by a rough cast gable.

In 1914 the building was described as having two bedrooms, parlour, kitchen, dining room, charge room, three cells, a covered prisoners yard and a barrack room.

14 Maclean Court House

This is one of the last court houses designed by the colonial architect, James Barnet who passed away in 1890.

The structure was completed in 1893 for the sum of 2,581 pounds. Interestingly no opening ceremony was ever performed.

The building is a magnificent example of late Victorian architecture. The interior includes the lavish use of cedar, a vaulted ceiling and teak flooring. The impressive façade features the coat of arms. Note VR (Victoria Regina) in the cast iron work on the verandahs.

Some of the original cedar furniture is on display at the Bicentennial Museum & Stone Cottage (Cnr Wharf & Grafton Streets, Maclean).

Walk back to the Post Office and cross River Street.

15 Scottish Rifles

In 1909 the building known as the Harwood Hall was relocated to this site for use as a Drill Hall by the local Scottish Riffles (now the Salvation Army Hall).

A Company of the Scottish Rifles formed in Maclean at the end of the 1800’s and was disbanded in 1911.

Today Maclean’s Scottish heritage is proudly displayed on more than 100 brightly coloured tartan poles throughout the town. For more information about Maclean’s Scottish connection drop into the Scottish Shop (opposite McLachlan Park) in River Street.

16 Birdscage Boutique

Originally established as a jewellers store in the 1920’s. The shop has had many uses including dress-making, auctioneers office, and Cook’s grocery store. This timber structure is typical of the retail buildings established in that era.

17 Maclean Newsagency

Constructed in 1912 and opened for business as a newsagency, fancy goods and stationery store. The use of this building as a newsagency has remained unchanged since that time.

One wall of the original structure was adjacent to a lane-way that once led from the main street through where the Palace Arcade is today.